Cotton Patch Quilt Show Recap Part I (My Quilts)

Cotton Patch Quilt Show Recap Part I (My Quilts)

My local quilt guild, the Cotton Patch Quilters, held their biennial show this past weekend. My quilts did very well, and in fact the other guild members spent much of the show joking that I am banned from entering any more quilts in future shows. (I think they were joking, anyway. I’m not 100% sure of that… 🙂  )

The biggest thrill was the Best of Show ribbon won by The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes!

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes | Flying Parrot Quilts

This quilt has really had a very good week—in addition to this ribbon, I also received notification that it has been accepted to be shown at AQS Paducah. It may also be featured in a magazine; stay tuned for details on that.

I didn’t expect my other quilts to do as well as they did, but I received several other ribbons. Main Sequence won Best Machine Quilting (which was what I was aiming for with my best-of-show winner, to be honest, so to receive both those ribbons was quite a surprise!) and first place in the Modern Quilt category. I have to give credit to all the Stash Bee Hive 7 ladies from 2014, who made most of the beautiful star blocks in this quilt—they are also winners!

Main Sequence | Flying Parrot Quilts

First place in lap quilts (a big category, with 30+ quilts entered!) went to a quilt I haven’t shown much of on this blog, Celestial Orbs. (I’m working on a pattern for this one.) This one was a big surprise as the flaws on this quilt (mostly in the precision of the piecing) are very obvious to me. However, the judge didn’t comment on the things I think are wrong with the workmanship in this quilt!

Celestial Orbs | Flying Parrot Quilts

Finally, my original artichoke quilt won a third-place ribbon in the Eight-Point Star challenge category, which was what I originally designed this block for.

Insane Artichoke quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

I spent much of the show hanging out near my quilts and answering questions about them. It was super fun to see people get up close and personal with them!

Cotton Patch Quilt Show 2015 | Flying Parrot Quilts

The ribbons at this show are always beautiful, so I’m displaying them all on the door to my sewing room. I’ve now collected all the colors of ribbons over the course of three Cotton Patch shows!

Ribbons | Flying Parrot Quilts

I’ll have a post on all the other lovely quilts in the show later this week!


  1. Your quilts are all awesome Sylvia. Congratulations on all of your very well deserved ribbons. Your door is very colorful and looks quite lovely. 🙂

  2. Congratulations!!!! Your work is just wonderful and worthy of every reward it has garnered. Love seeing your quilts on line.

  3. Wonderful quilts. My guild is doing a bus trip to Paducah so maybe I can find your quilt and see it in person. Is Celestial Orbs paper pieced or a combination of techniques? Joanne